Police decry ‘slap on wrist’ for illegal sex
Debbie Guest; 29/8/09
Three men men who pleaded guilty to sexually penetrating two Aboriginal girls aged 12 and 13 have escaped jail after the judge said the girls looked older and had sought out the men for sex. In Broome District Court last month, the men were given either one- or two-year suspended sentences, prompting outrage from Western Australia’s police union, which said the punishments were “extremely lenient”. Two of the cases involved the same girl. One of the men, Justin Charles Mudimbu, a 39-year-old Zimbabwean who moved to Broome two months before the offences, had sex with the girl in exchange for alcohol and money on three occasions last September. He was given a 3 1/2-year prison sentence, suspended for two years. The first offence took place when the girl was just 12, and on each occasion he did not wear a condom.